In superb form off- late , Rajasthan Royals opener Jos Buttler hit a record fifth successive IPL half-century as his team thrashed his Mumbai Indians by seven wickets to keep their play-off hopes alive. A result that stunned the capacity at Wankhede.
Buttler smashed an unbeaten 94 from 53 balls, with five sixes and nine fours, to power Rajasthan to 171 for three in 18 overs after Rajasthan’s bowlers restricted Mumbai Indians to 168 for six.
The wicketkeeper-batsman added 95 runs for the second wicket with captain Ajinkya Rahane (37) as he carried his bat past the finish line, finishing off the match in grand style with a six off Hardik Pandya. With two overs to spare.
The win lifted Rajasthan to fifth position in the standings with 12 points from as many games, while Mumbai’s hopes were dealt a big blow as they have just 10 points from 12 games.
Earlier , Jofra Archer was instrumental in Rajasthan’s comeback as he picked up two for 16, including the wickets of Suryakumar and Rohit Sharma off successive deliveries, in the 11th over. Sharma was out for 0. A yet another failure.
Lewis added 87 runs with fellow opener Suryakumar Yadav (38) to give the hosts a good start before they lost their way in the middle overs.
Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane was backed by his bowlers after he put Mumbai in after winning the toss